1/48 Hasegawa F-15C Eagle

Gallery Article by David Horn on Oct 4 2003

 

There are enough F-15E Beagle reviews posted on ARC so to counter this, I am posting my F-15C.

This aircraft was responsible for three aerial victories however, different pilots were at the controls. It was during Desert Storm when this F-15C (85-102) shot down a MiG-23 on 27 January 1991 and later shot down two Su-7/17 on 7 February 1991. All victories scored used the AIM-7 Sparrow missile.

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The kit was is very high quality however I added many aftermarket items to enhance the kit. First thing to do was replace the engines with Aires resin nozzles that do not have the "turkey feathers". Next I used the Black Box cockpit (not the MSIP) and after I was nearly completed with the kit, found out I needed the MSIP cockpit to begin with. Finally I added AIM-120 AMRAAM and AIM-9M missiles from SOL models. The missiles were very well detailed and took time to assemble but was worth every minute.

Other enhancements include adding MSIP antennas, "remove before flight" tags and drooping the ailerons. In the cockpit, I had to add canopy detail including mirrors, framing and compass since the Black Box kit does not include these items.

David Horn

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Photos and text by David Horn